Dept. Statement: Art History Stands with Protestors

The Department of Art History stands with protestors in doing the work of honoring and mourning for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Tony Robinson by recognizing that their murders—along with the murders of countless others—demand action and accountability and that silence is its own form of violence. We understand that it is not enough to voice our outraged condemnation of anti-blackness and the institutionalized and sanctioned violences of settler colonial occupation, white supremacy and racial surveillance and policing. We know that we must renew our commitment to working in solidarity with and support of our Black students, colleagues and community members and our students, colleagues and communities of color with care for collective grief and pain while reaffirming our pledge to do our part—especially as visually-oriented scholars and educators—in the fight for racial justice and structural change. We encourage those who are able to donate to Freedom Inc in support of their community leadership.